Three faculty named Coleman Fellows to advance entrepreneurship education efforts

GREENSBORO (June 22, 2015) — For the sixth year in a row, Dr. Dianne Welsh, director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program at UNCG, has received a Coleman Foundation grant to name three new Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows and 12 Veteran Entrepreneurship Fellows.

The UNCG professors are named Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows and will receive grant funding to help them create a new entrepreneurship course or revise an existing course to include Entrepreneurship.

The new Coleman Fellows are:

• Keith G. Debbage, professor of geography. He will revise an urban planning course to include entrepreneurship.
• Janice I. Wassel, associate professor of gerontology. She will revise a course in silver industries (businesses that serve older adults) to include entrepreneurship.
• Bonnie Yarborough, adjunct lecturer in English. She will revise the Writing in the Professions course to include entrepreneurship when applying communications strategies in the workplace.

The fellows are each awarded $4,000, to support their entrepreneurship-focused teaching efforts. All fellows have doctoral degrees.

UNCG is one of 19 universities nationally to receive funding for the program from the Chicago-based Coleman Foundation. The Coleman Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 to the cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship program since it started awarding grants at UNCG.

“The Coleman Fellows program has been instrumental in helping UNCG develop a cross-disciplinary environment of entrepreneurship in the classroom and through various extracurricular activities,” Welsh said. “The Coleman grant helps faculty expose students to entrepreneurial ideas and teach them about self-employment and entrepreneurship.”

The academic entrepreneurship program has won six national and international awards, including the Best Emerging Program in the United States by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Freedoms Foundation Award for Excellence in Free Enterprise Education.

In addition to the new Coleman Fellows, several faculty members were also named Coleman Veteran Fellows. Veteran Fellows are those who have been named Coleman Fellows previously. As fellows, have access to a national network of other Coleman Fellows and resources, such as opportunities to attend conferences. They also receive $2,000 that can be used for entrepreneurship education and serve as members of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Council at UNCG.

The Veteran Fellows are:

• Stoel Burrowes, assistant professor of interior architecture
• Bonnie Canziani, associate professor of hospitality and tourism
• Steve Cramer, business librarian and associate director of the Coleman program at UNCG
• Duane Cyrus, associate professor of dance
• Donna Duffy, assistant professor of kinesiology
• Cathy Hamilton, director of the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning
• David Holley, professor of music
• Bill Johnson, student success coordinator in the School of Health & Human Sciences
• Sharon Morrison, associate professor of public health education
• Cedric Pearce, adjunct professor of chemistry
• Chris Thomas, lecturer in art
• Dianne Welsh, professor of entrepreneurship
• Jennifer Yurchisin, associate professor of consumer apparel and retail studies

For information on the entrepreneurship program, visit http://entrepreneurship.uncg.edu.

About UNCG
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22nd Annual Bryan School Alumni Golf Tournament

22nd Annual Bryan School Alumni Golf Tournament

22nd Annual Bryan School Alumni Golf Tournament The Champions Course at Bryan Park October 10, 2015 Check In Begins: 7:30 am Shotgun Start: 9:00am The Bryan School Alumni Association is hosting its 22nd annual Bryan Alumni Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament this fall. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to support the Bryan School Alumni Scholarship and the mission of the Bryan School Alumni Association to serve the UNCG and Triad community, grow the network of Bryan Alumni and raise funds for the Bryan School. Please consider partnering with us through a corporate or personal sponsorship or prize donation. About the Scholarship Established in 2009, the Bryan School Alumni Scholarship supports students who have strong academic standing and great leadership potential. The Alumni Association is proud to make this commitment to Bryan School students, especially to those who have unlimited potential but limited means. Sponsorships: Single Player Entry: $100 (Register before August 10th for $85) Silver $200: Hole Sponsorship Signage Gold $400: Hole Sponsorship Signage + 2 Player Entries Platinum $600: Hole Sponsorship Signage + 4 Player Entries Prize Donations: (same benefits as sponsorships) Longest Drive: 1 prize needed Closest to the Pin: 1 prize needed Winning teams in two flights: 2 sets of 4 matching prizes Raffle Prizes For sponsorships or registration, go to bae.uncg.edu/golf or contact Brent Forsythe at (336) 256-0376; baforsyt@uncg.edu

The Champions Course at Bryan Park

October 10, 2015
Check In Begins: 7:30 am
Shotgun Start:  9:00am

The Bryan School Alumni Association is hosting its 22nd annual Bryan Alumni Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament this fall.  Proceeds from the tournament will be used to support the Bryan School Alumni Scholarship and the mission of the Bryan School Alumni Association to serve the UNCG and Triad community, grow the network of Bryan Alumni and raise funds for the Bryan School. Please consider partnering with us through a corporate or personal sponsorship or prize donation.

About the Scholarship

Established in 2009, the Bryan School Alumni Scholarship supports students who have strong academic standing and great leadership potential. The Alumni Association is proud to make  this commitment to Bryan School students, especially to those  who have unlimited potential but limited means.

Sponsorships:

Single Player Entry: $100 (Register before August 10th for $85)
Silver $200: Hole Sponsorship Signage
Gold $400: Hole Sponsorship Signage + 2 Player Entries
Platinum $600: Hole Sponsorship Signage + 4 Player Entries

Prize Donations: (same benefits as sponsorships)

Longest Drive: 1 prize needed
Closest to the Pin:  1 prize needed
Winning teams in two flights: 2 sets of 4 matching prizes
Raffle Prizes

For sponsorships or registration, go to bae.uncg.edu/golf                                 

or contact Brent Forsythe at (336) 256-0376; baforsyt@uncg.edu

Betty C. Brooks BS ’52 Receives Inaugural Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Betty C. Brooks BS ’52 Receives Inaugural Outstanding Philanthropist Award

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After earning a BS degree in secretarial administration from UNCG, followed by an MA in Public Administration from NC State, Betty Conley Brooks spent her life in public service.  During her thirty years with the State of North Carolina Personnel Office, Betty played key roles in statistical analysis, vocational testing, policy development and administration.  Upon her retirement and relocation to Florida, she began a new “career” as a volunteer with her local civic association, serving on the board and organizing estate sales to help elderly residents downsize and move to assisted living facilities.  These sales raised over $1 million for the association during her tenure.  In 2013, combining her love of community and passion for education, Betty was the lead donor to her local community foundation for a capital project to provide office space and a network education center for non-profit organizations serving the underprivileged.

Betty has been an extraordinary philanthropist to UNCG.  She and her late husband, Charles, established a fellowship fund to support graduate students in economics.  In addition, she established gift plans that will supplement the fellowship fund, create an endowment for student leadership activities, and establish an endowed professorship in economics.  In all of her philanthropic activities, Betty strives not only to make a difference, but to inspire others to offer their support as well.

Andrew Mehalko BS ’87 Named 2015 Bryan School Distinguished Alumnus

Andrew Mehalko BS ’87 Named 2015 Bryan School Distinguished Alumnus

(From left: Immediate Past Recipient, David Jolley MA '76; Andrew Mehalko '87; Dean Mac Banks)

As the founder and chief investment officer of AM Global Family Investment Office headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, Andrew Mehalko was recently recognized as the “Best Newcomer” in the private wealth industry by Private Asset Management Magazine in 2014. Prior to founding AM Global in 2012, Andrew served as chief investment officer of GenSpring Family Offices. Under his leadership, GenSpring grew from $450 million of assets under advisement to over $20 billion, and was the #1 ranked registered investment advisor by Forbes, Investment News, and Financial Planning Magazine.

An accomplished soccer player and one of the all-time leading scorers in UNCG history, Andrew was inducted into the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame, both individually and as a member of the 1985, 1986 and 1987 National Championship teams. He serves on the UNCG Investment Committee and is an active philanthropist benefitting student athletes, the soccer program and business students.

(Pictured above, from left: Immediate Past Recipient, David Jolley MA ’76; Andrew Mehalko ’87; Dean Mac Banks)

Read Andrew’s remarks here.

Alumnus Kirk Galiani and brother John continue to grow the fitness industry

Alumnus Kirk Galiani and brother John continue to grow the fitness industry

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Alumnus Kirk Galiani, Finance ’87, featured in CBI, the world’s leading magazine for the health and fitness industry.  Galiani is Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of US Fitness Holdings, LLC, which includes Sport & Health, Onelife Fitness, and Crunch Fitness brands.

You probably have already read about Galiani in the Washington Business Journal or Club Industry, but the brothers are back at it again.

Read the most recent article from the Club Business International magazine.

Bryan School maintains prestigious AACSB accreditations

Bryan School maintains prestigious AACSB accreditations

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The Bryan School of Business and Economics at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has maintained its business and accounting accreditation by AACSB International, which puts the Bryan School among the top 3 percent of business schools in the world.

 

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Spring Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony

Spring Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony

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GREENSBORO, NC- On April 20th the Bryan School’s Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma will hold its Spring Induction Ceremony to honor around 60 high achieving undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Each semester a successful business person is chosen by the Bryan School chapter to deliver the keynote address and serve as a model of the ideals of Beta Gamma Sigma.

The honoree member and speaker for this event is Robert Bruggeworth, CEO of Qorvo

Threads 10th Anniversary Fashion Show

Threads 10th Anniversary Fashion Show

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On Saturday, March 21 2015 in downtown Greensboro, surrounded by fellow fashion enthusiasts, the 10th Annual Threads Fashion Show took over The Empire Room. It was “bursting at the seams with creativity, fashion, and talent” said Megan Young of Yes! Weekly. The room, lined with chairs surrounding a rectangular catwalk, was beautifully decorated, and perfect for showcasing the collections of in the UNCG consumer, apparel, and retail studies (CARS) programs.

 

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Bryan Alum Featured in Inc Magazine

Bryan Alum Featured in Inc Magazine

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If you are a social media fan or guru, you should pay very close attention to Damien Patton and his latest creation: Ban.jo

 

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MBA project for local nonprofit earns 3rd in national competition

MBA project for local nonprofit earns 3rd in national competition

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A pair of UNCG MBA students won third place in the 2015 Small Business Institute Project of the Year contest for their analysis of the economic impact of Family Service of the Piedmont.

The students’ research found that the work of Family Service of the Piedmont to promote financial stability, provide mental health services, stem domestic violence and prevent child abuse has an both positive social impact and a high economic return on investment. For instance, the agency’s Domestic Violence Intervention Program, which has a 92 percent success rate, cost $82,000 but had an economic impact of $1.7 million. Every dollar spent saved the county $20.50 in inmate, court, probation and law enforcement costs.

 

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